Events for March

Rivane Neuenschwander: Zé Carioca e Amigos (Zé Carioca contra o goleiro Gastão) [Joe Carioca and Friends (Joe Carioca vs. the Goalkeeper Gastão / 1961)] March 01, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Between 1941 and 1943, Walt Disney and a team of his employees made several trips to Latin America. A manifestation of the “Good Neighbor Policy” initiated by the Roosevelt administration in 1933, these visits were designed to bolster pan-American alliances. However politically unifying Disney’s encounters were meant to be, they yielded curious, even contradictory results: in a string of films released beginning in 1942, his animators introduced José, or, more familiarly, “Zé,” Carioca, the “Brazilian jitterbird.” A cigar-smoking, soccer-loving parrot from Rio, Carioca embodied multiple cultural stereotypes, serving, in the words of Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967), “to crystallize the national image of the malandro (rascal).” Since 1961 the character of Zé Carioca has starred in a series of wildly popular Brazilian comic books, which Neuenschwander grew up reading. This complex figure—conceived as an instrument of capitalist diplomacy but by now also a national symbol—has inspired several bodies of work by the artist since 2004. For the series to which this piece belongs, she scrubs images and text from the original Carioca comics, leaving intact only the narrative’s graphic architecture. She then enlarges these comic-book panels and transfers them to a wall, inviting members of the public to write or draw directly onto them. With this gesture, Neuenschwander substitutes self- and collective expression for ideology masquerading as popular culture. Image Featured: Rivane Neuenschwander, Zé Carioca e amigos (O rapto da donzela) / Joe Carioca and friends (The Abduction of the Maiden), 2005. Wall paint, chalk, eraser, wood tray, dimensions variable. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA. Photo by Whitney Curtis

Noontime Art Talk: What Are the Nun and the Priest Doing in Jacob Lawrence’s Protest Rally?  March 01, 2017, 12:00 pm

Join us at the Colby Museum of Art! Professor of Religious Studies Debra Campbell will discuss Lawrence’s depiction of a Catholic priest and nun in his c. 1968 painting, and the complex position of the Catholic Church within the Civil Rights movement.

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki March 01, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is the first American retrospective of this pioneering Chinese-French artist. Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) immigrated to Paris in 1948 and soon took the international art world by storm. Renowned for the fluidity with which he moved between European modernism and Chinese aesthetics, Zao’s work is distinguished by his unique approach to abstraction.

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is co-organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and Asia Society Museum, New York. The exhibition is cocurated by Dr. Melissa Walt, Research Associate, Colby College; Dr. Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, Colby College; and Michelle Yun, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society.

Image featured: Zao Wou-Ki, Décembre 89–Février 90—Quadriptyque (December 89–February 90—Quadriptych) (detail), 1989–90. Oil on canvas. Each canvas: 63 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (162 x 100 cm); overall: 63 3/4 x 157 1/2 in. (162 x 400 cm). Private collections, Taiwan. © Zao Wou-Ki/ProLitteris, Zurich. Photography by Jean-Louis Losi

Graphic Matters: George Bellows and World War I March 01, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Of the more than 170 lithographs that American artist George Bellows (1882–1925) produced between 1916 and 1924, twenty belong to his “War Series.” Graphic Matters reflects on the centennial of American entry into World War I by reexamining Bellows’s prints for the timely questions they raise about representation, aestheticized and institutionalized violence, nationalism, and masculinity.
Image featured: George Wesley Bellows, Massacre at Dinant (Village Massacre), 1918. Lithograph on onion skin paper, 18 5/8 x 30 3/8 in. (47.3 x 77.3 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 117.2013

You’re Speaking My Language March 02, 2017, 4:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

Join us on Thursdays for a new language-based social event to practice your language skills and converse with other art lovers. To suggest another language, contact Assistant for Access and Outreach Miriam Valle-Mancilla.

1st Thursday of the month: Español/Français
2nd Thursday of the month: русский/Deutsch
3rd Thursday of the month: Italiano/中文

Rhymetime for babies, toddlers and their grownups! March 03, 2017, 10:30 am, Waterville Public Library

Babies are born ready to learn!  By singing, clapping, and sharing stories with their grownups, children from birth to age 3 gain valuable skills and knowledge for later learning success.  

Join us at the Waterville Public Library for a half-hour of active fun!  

Noontime Art Talk: Betye Saar’s Leader  March 03, 2017, 12:00 pm

Join us at the Colby College Museum of Art! Mirken Coordinator of Academic and Public Programs Jordia Benjamin will discuss the liberation of Aunt Jemima through Saar’s Leader.

Cinema Explorations: The Babushkas of Chernobyl  March 04, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The 2017 Cinema Explorations series continues with screenings of THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL on March 4 and 5 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers—scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’—young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk. THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL has won 11 prizes during its festival appearances – including 4 Audience Awards. George Johnson of the New York Times states, “A beautiful film…Captures the subtleties and uncertainties of Chernobyl and, moreover, the resilience of the human soul.” The Chicago Tribune calls it “a haunting and provocative movie, powerful and poignant and, frankly, unforgettable.” Cinema Explorations is a venture of the Maine Film Center dedicated to fostering the voices and choices of our community of film lovers. Our winter film series is programmed by a volunteer steering committee drawn from this community. Our goals are to present works of cinema from around the world that will enrich, educate and entertain filmgoers and encourage the shared experience of communal film viewing and thoughtful discussion. Full list of 2017 Cinema Explorations screenings: The Anthropologist January 14 & 15, 10:00am Speed Sisters January 28 & 29, 10:00am As I Open My Eyes February 4 & 5, 10:00am Disturbing the Peace February 11 & 12, 10:00am After the Storm February 25 & 26, 10:00am The Babushkas of Chernobyl March 4 & 5, 10:00am

Art + Storytelling: Shapes March 04, 2017, 11:00 am

Join us for a brief exploration of the Colby Museum of Art. After, we will read a children’s book. Children and their grownups will then be invited to the Mirken Education Center to have a snack and create their own works of art. This program is designed for preschoolers and toddlers.

Rivane Neuenschwander: Zé Carioca e Amigos (Zé Carioca contra o goleiro Gastão) [Joe Carioca and Friends (Joe Carioca vs. the Goalkeeper Gastão / 1961)] March 05, 2017, 12:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

Between 1941 and 1943, Walt Disney and a team of his employees made several trips to Latin America. A manifestation of the “Good Neighbor Policy” initiated by the Roosevelt administration in 1933, these visits were designed to bolster pan-American alliances. However politically unifying Disney’s encounters were meant to be, they yielded curious, even contradictory results: in a string of films released beginning in 1942, his animators introduced José, or, more familiarly, “Zé,” Carioca, the “Brazilian jitterbird.” A cigar-smoking, soccer-loving parrot from Rio, Carioca embodied multiple cultural stereotypes, serving, in the words of Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967), “to crystallize the national image of the malandro (rascal).” Since 1961 the character of Zé Carioca has starred in a series of wildly popular Brazilian comic books, which Neuenschwander grew up reading. This complex figure—conceived as an instrument of capitalist diplomacy but by now also a national symbol—has inspired several bodies of work by the artist since 2004. For the series to which this piece belongs, she scrubs images and text from the original Carioca comics, leaving intact only the narrative’s graphic architecture. She then enlarges these comic-book panels and transfers them to a wall, inviting members of the public to write or draw directly onto them. With this gesture, Neuenschwander substitutes self- and collective expression for ideology masquerading as popular culture. Image Featured: Rivane Neuenschwander, Zé Carioca e amigos (O rapto da donzela) / Joe Carioca and friends (The Abduction of the Maiden), 2005. Wall paint, chalk, eraser, wood tray, dimensions variable. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA. Photo by Whitney Curtis

Cinema Explorations: The Babushkas of Chernobyl  March 05, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The 2017 Cinema Explorations series continues with screenings of THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL on March 4 and 5 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers—scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’—young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk. THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL has won 11 prizes during its festival appearances – including 4 Audience Awards. George Johnson of the New York Times states, “A beautiful film…Captures the subtleties and uncertainties of Chernobyl and, moreover, the resilience of the human soul.” The Chicago Tribune calls it “a haunting and provocative movie, powerful and poignant and, frankly, unforgettable.” Cinema Explorations is a venture of the Maine Film Center dedicated to fostering the voices and choices of our community of film lovers. Our winter film series is programmed by a volunteer steering committee drawn from this community. Our goals are to present works of cinema from around the world that will enrich, educate and entertain filmgoers and encourage the shared experience of communal film viewing and thoughtful discussion. Full list of 2017 Cinema Explorations screenings: The Anthropologist January 14 & 15, 10:00am Speed Sisters January 28 & 29, 10:00am As I Open My Eyes February 4 & 5, 10:00am Disturbing the Peace February 11 & 12, 10:00am After the Storm February 25 & 26, 10:00am The Babushkas of Chernobyl March 4 & 5, 10:00am

No Limits Zao Wou-Ki March 05, 2017, 12:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is the first American retrospective of this pioneering Chinese-French artist. Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) immigrated to Paris in 1948 and soon took the international art world by storm. Renowned for the fluidity with which he moved between European modernism and Chinese aesthetics, Zao’s work is distinguished by his unique approach to abstraction.

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is co-organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and Asia Society Museum, New York. The exhibition is cocurated by Dr. Melissa Walt, Research Associate, Colby College; Dr. Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, Colby College; and Michelle Yun, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society.

Image featured: Zao Wou-Ki, Décembre 89–Février 90—Quadriptyque (December 89–February 90—Quadriptych) (detail), 1989–90. Oil on canvas. Each canvas: 63 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (162 x 100 cm); overall: 63 3/4 x 157 1/2 in. (162 x 400 cm). Private collections, Taiwan. © Zao Wou-Ki/ProLitteris, Zurich. Photography by Jean-Louis Losi

Graphic Matters: George Bellows and World War I March 05, 2017, 12:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

Of the more than 170 lithographs that American artist George Bellows (1882–1925) produced between 1916 and 1924, twenty belong to his “War Series.” Graphic Matters reflects on the centennial of American entry into World War I by reexamining Bellows’s prints for the timely questions they raise about representation, aestheticized and institutionalized violence, nationalism, and masculinity.
Image featured: George Wesley Bellows, Massacre at Dinant (Village Massacre), 1918. Lithograph on onion skin paper, 18 5/8 x 30 3/8 in. (47.3 x 77.3 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 117.2013

I Am Cuba (part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions)  March 06, 2017, 7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

“When Mikhail Kalatozov’s I AM CUBA—a long-lost, phantasmagoric Cuban-Soviet propaganda film from 1964—was rediscovered and reissued in late 1995 (with the prominent support of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola), critic Terrence Rafferty wrote the following in his New Yorker review: “They’re going to be carrying ravished film students out of the theaters on stretchers.” That’s about right. Personally speaking, I certainly needed medical assistance to reattach my jaw, which had dropped permanently to the floor during one of the film’s famed tracking shots. Though I Am Cuba is fascinating enough as an historical footnote the reason it endures is almost exclusively cinematic: Given the virtually unlimited resources of two countries at their disposal, Russian director Kalatozov (THE CRANES ARE FLYING) and his cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky turned the newly Communist Cuba into a lush playground where they could experiment with wide-angle lenses, whooshing camera moves, and towering crane shots held for minutes at a time. Their assignment was to affirm the revolutionary spirit that had just given birth to a new Cuba, but within those broad parameters, they were free to pull off all the technical wonderments they could dream up. After all, in a movie where the country itself serves as voiceover narrator, there’s no danger in getting bogged down in the particulars of character….The four vignettes that comprise the film have a poetic simplicity, building from personal hardships and tragedy to the triumphant movement of the collective…. But where a run-of-the-mill propaganda film might drive home its Communist sentiments with, say, a hammer and sickle, Kalatozov and Urusevsky’s technical acrobatics carry them across with dazzling, unceasing sensuality….”—Scott Tobias, AV Club. Unrated. In Spanish with English subtitles. 135 Min. 1964.

Monday Night Movies Series Sponsors: Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities and Colby Cinema Studies

Crafternoons: Popsicle Stick Dinosaur!  March 07, 2017, 2:30 pm

Drop by the Children's Department between 2:30 and 4 and make something fabulous!   A different project each week, designed for kids 5 and up.    If you're younger than 7, please bring a grownup helper.   

This Week: Popsicle Stick Dinosaur!

Popsicle Stick Dinosaur

Ukuleles at the Library March 09, 2017, 6:00 pm

If you play the Ukulele, are learning, or are just curious what the international Uke phenomenon is all about, join us for our twice-monthly meet-up.  
Our group is informal, we learn from each other and enjoy strumming and singing all kinds of music.  
Coaching is available and there are instruments to try if you don't have your own.  


We use a common songbook, but continue to glean songs from other sources.  We use the songbook preferred by  many other Uke groups in Maine and elsewhere: "The Daily Uke, 365 Songs for Better Living" by Liz and Jim Beloff.  

 http://www.dailyukulele.com/

The Library has copies has of both Liz and Jim's books to check out:   http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S41?/abeloff/abeloff/1%2C2%2C5%2CB/exact&FF=abeloff+liz&1%2C2%2C
The book is also available for sale locally at Downhome Music in Fairfield  http://downhomemusicshop.com/db/index.php
 Bull Moose http://www.bullmoose.com/
Or, through the authors' website http://www.dailyukulele.com/  or various online retailers.  There's even a Kindle version. 

These online resources are useful for beginners:

 additional online chord and lyric sources members of our group recommend -- these are guitar-based arrangements, mostly:

Chordie http://www.chordie.com/

Ultimate Guitar Tabs  http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/

North Pond Hermit Story Book Launch Event!  March 09, 2017, 5:00 pm

Unless you have been living in the woods for the past several decades, you likely have heard of Central Maine’s North Pond Hermit. Author Michael Finkel has written a book about the North Pond Hermit called "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit." Mr. Finkel will share his new book at a free book launch event on Thursday, March 9, 2017. All are invited to attend. From 5p-6p that evening, join the author at a reception in Waterville City Hall, 1 Common Street, Waterville, ME 04901. The reception is sponsored by the Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities and will include free light refreshments by the Last Unicorn. Beginning at 6p in the Waterville Opera House, Mr. Finkel will then give a presentation that will include photographs, video clips, as well as a question and answer session. The author will sign books immediately following this presentation. This event is free, but tickets are required. Free tickets can be picked up at any Bull Moose location or at the Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm Street, Waterville, ME 04901. Books can be pre-ordered at any Bull Moose location. Books will also be available for purchase at the event. This event is presented by the Waterville Public Library, Bull Moose, and publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Event partners are the City of Waterville, Waterville Opera House, Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, and Waterville Creates!. For more information about the event, please visit the Waterville Public Library web site at www.watervillelibrary.org or email librarian@watervillelibrary.org.

Noontime Art Talk: Men at War: George Bellows and World War I  March 10, 2017, 12:00 pm

Join us at the Colby Museum of Art to hear Justin McCann and Diana Tuite, co-curators of Graphic Matters, in conversation about George Bellows’s “War Series.”

MET: La Traviata  March 11, 2017, 12:55 pm

March 11 Saturday at 12:55PM Tickets: $20 adults Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Estimated Run Time: 2 hours 33 minutes

Crafternoons: Make an Edible Rainbow!  March 14, 2017, 2:30 pm

Drop by the Children's Department between 2:30 and 4 and make something fabulous! A different project each week, designed for kids 5 and up. If you're younger than 7, please bring a grownup helper.   

This Week: Make an Edible Rainbow!

Edible Rainbow!

K-12 Educators Only: Educator Evenings March 16, 2017, 4:00 pm

Enjoy refreshments while learning about artworks and how to incorporate them into your classroom teaching. This evening will be dedicated to a field trip experience on balance and motion. Those attending will receive contact hours for certification.

MET: Rusalka  March 18, 2017, 12:55 pm

March 4 Saturday at 12:55PM Tickets: $20 adults Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

Workshop: Chinese Architecture  March 18, 2017,

Join us at the Colby Museum! Enjoy a special visit to the exhibition No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki, then make prints inspired by Chinese architecture. Open to adults and children ages 5 and up.

Bolshoi: A Contemporary Evening  March 19, 2017, 12:55 pm

March 19, 2017 at 12:55 PM Tickets: $15 adults For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity in Hans Van Manen’s Frank Bridge’s Variations, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level.

Author Event: The One-Eyed Man  March 21, 2017, 5:30 pm

Join us at the Waterville Public Library at 5:30pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to hear Author Ron Currie, Jr. read from his fourth book due out in March: The One-Eyed Man. 

“Nobody writing today walks the knife edge of cynicism and sentiment more bravely, intelligently and confidently than Ron Currie. By turns hilarious and heartfelt, The One-Eyed Man is a revelation, a wonder.” –Richard Russo.

Born and raised in Waterville, Maine, Ron Currie, Jr. is the author of the novels Everything Matters! and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and the short story collection God is Dead, which was the winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He currently lives in Portland, Maine.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Children's Book Cellar

This event is free, and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call (207) 872-5433, or email librarian@watervillelibrary.org.

Event sponsored by the Waterville Public Library and the Colby College Center for Arts and Humanities.


Ron Currie, Jr.

Crafternoons: Windsocks!  March 21, 2017, 2:30 pm

Drop by the Children's Department between 2:30 and 4 and make something fabulous! A different project each week, designed for kids 5 and up. If you're younger than 7, please bring a grownup helper.   

This Week: Windsocks!

Windsock

MET: Idomeneo  March 25, 2017,

March 25 Saturday at 12:55PM Tickets: $20 adults Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness. Estimated Run Time: 3 hours 58 minutes

Crafternoons: Beaded Bubble Wands!  March 28, 2017, 2:30 pm

Drop by the Children's Department between 2:30 and 4 and make something fabulous! A different project each week, designed for kids 5 and up. If you're younger than 7, please bring a grownup helper.   

This Week: Beaded Bubble Wands!

Beaded Bubble Wands

Artist Talk: Arnold Chang  March 30, 2017, 7:00 pm

Join us at the Colby Museum of Art. Ink painter and scholar Arnold Chang will discuss the painting of several of Zao Wou-Ki’s contemporaries who left China and made their artistic homes on foreign shores.

Little Mermaid March 31, 2017, 7:30 pm

Draft